For a good stretch of time, it really looked like the Carolina Hurricanes would make a big move at the Trade Deadline. They stayed quiet again.
With the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline now in the rear view mirror, as it took place on Feb. 26, the opportunity to make a splash is over in the trade market for the Carolina Hurricanes. Moreover, the Canes also removed Ron Francis as the general manager with the organization.
A lot has gone down since the Deadline past, as new majority owner Tom Dundon is making moves to shape the franchise in the image of what he wants it to be.
Making moves at the Deadline really could have helped the Canes out during the final games of the regular season. Since we’re in the final full month of the 2017-18 campaign, the Canes have a limited body of work to make that last playoff push. Having the extra pieces present on the roster to help the cause for that push was the ideal situation. Francis did not take the action required to make that happen.
Finding the right solution for this team is now largely up to Dundon and fourth-year head coach Bill Peters. The Canes did pull off the win on March 8, against the Chicago Blackhawks, but they have won just three games out of their last 10. Picking up the pace after that win in Chicago is a good way to start to get through the rest of the March in solid fashion.
Bolstering the roster is still something that can be tasked for this off-season, but getting through the regular season is the top priority now. The Canes do have the talent necessary to get to the playoffs. Here’s 3 players that the Carolina Hurricanes missed out on at the Trade Deadline.